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As an adolescent girl, I always wanted to be like the other kids. I wanted to live life as they did. I admired the relationship they had with their parents, and I longed for the same closeness they shared. I was looking for someone who was like me, who dealt with parent absenteeism, did not go through the natural bonding experience as a child, and struggled with adapting to change.
The extent to which this impacted me only became clear when puberty came. I had developed an ulcer by age twelve. I struggled to find my identity among my peers. I wished I could be free like the other kids who were allowed to go out and date. I admired the popular girls but could only dream of being like them.
There was a time I would never have thought of publishing a memoir. As I grew into adulthood and reread my childhood diary, I became more open to the idea. Between the pages of this book is a story about youth, growing up, faith, and a search for God. In writing it, I have shared a synopsis in time; an account that is personal, candid, solemn, and amusing.
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"Diary Of A Shy Girl is a heartfelt memoir that beautifully captures the experiences of an adolescent girl navigating the complexities of her upbringing, personal identity, and relationships.
"Our literary viewers have found your book fascinating." Reading Secret Diary Of A Shy Girl immediately transformed me into her world. I didn't put this book down till I was done, and I would resemble Akpene to a modern day Adran Mole. The characters are very well described and they often have you wanting to read further to find out what happens to them. Parts of the book have you smiling while others have you close to tears.
Diary Of A Shy Girl is a heartfelt memoir that beautifully captures the experiences of an adolescent girl navigating the complexities of her upbringing, personal identity, and relationships. Set against the backdrop of a strict Pentecostal home, the protagonist's feelings of isolation and difficulty in opening up about her unfair home life are portrayed with raw authenticity.
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She found the book to be very touching. Ended up giving it to my teenage niece who needed some encouragement as she has been going through a lot of rough emotions these last few months."
A good read. Very touching. Would definitely recommend this book, especially for those who need a boost in life.
“The author weaves words together like a fine thread, formulating ideas, relating scenes or images together exceptionally. The voice is pronounced and consistent, which is vital in any celebrated literary piece."
I love this book. Very good story and well written. Stays with you long after you put the book down. An inspiring diary book. A must read!
This book is a valuable addition to the genre and is sure to resonate with readers seeking an authentic and introspective narrative.
Diary Of A Shy Girl: A Childhood Memoir is coming soon. It's an updated version of the original published in 2014. Please check here for updates.
In this newly published book, the author shares about her personal struggles with her Christian faith, and how doubt turned into a journey of discovering intimacy with God. If you have ever struggled with your faith, we hope that this book is an encouragement to you.
Now Available in paperback and e-book
Akpene Zikpi is an author who captivates the audience with a certain candidness and transparency in her writing. Apart from her first published book and memoir Diary Of A Shy Girl, she is the author of In The Face Of The Law, a three-part educational mini series about the court system in America. Akpene shares from her personal experiences with the court system and the lessons she learned while expanding on the rudimentary elements of the court system and the defendant's rights. Akpene also has a personal blog titled Sharing From The Heart ,which are reflections and thoughts from her life.